Wranglers Paint Faces for Fall Festival

PV2 Sean McGuire
Public Affairs Specialist
4th Sustainment Brigade

FORT HOOD, Texas — With a couple of humvees and simple supplies, the 49th Transportation Battalion Rear-Detachment along with two Movement Control teams,  the 80th and 259th, created its own fun for students at Meridith-Dunbar Elementary School.

The school’s Fall Festival showcased various activities like jumping balloons, hot dogs, and even horseback riding.

The Soldiers present from the 4th Sustainment Brigade moved to create a backdrop station,  complete with humvees, outside in the parking lot to paint camouflage faces  and teach participating students how to use a radio using a mock radio setup.

 After the student’s fun was complete, they left with goody bags filled with Army One Source items and candy, and with the effort of Soldiers - a view of what the Army is really about.

“Our mission was to show what the Army has to offer through training in the field, radio communications, and riding in a humvee,” said Capt. Monique Whyte, the 49th Transportation Battalion Rear-Detachment Commander, who led the charge for her unit’s participation in the festival.

Whyte said the Temple school is their adopted school and every Wednesday Soldiers come to read to the students and assist in school activities.

“The school goes way back, 40 or 50 years ago. It first was a high school and then went to a middle school,” Whyte said of the school’s history. She went on saying, “Last year it was almost shutdown due to low test scores.”

Changes came making the school an elementary school housing pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade classes, along with bringing in new people like Instructional Coach Susan Riley who works alongside its teachers.

“We try to do things for the kids every month, something they and their families can have fun with here. This time it’s the fall festival,” said Riley about the school’s efforts for the event.

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TEMPLE, Texas — Capt. Monique Whyte, the 49th Transportation Battalion Rear-Detachment Commander, paints the face of 6th grader Xavier Howard during the Meridith-Dunbar Elementary School's Fall Festival.
(U.S. Army Photo by PV2 Sean McGuire)

 

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TEMPLE, Texas — Staff Sgt. Larry Garcia, a member of the 80th Movement Control Team, puts the first strokes of green on three-year old Deontre Howard, during the 49th Transportation Battalion participation at during the Meridith-Dunbar Elementary School's Fall Festival.
(U.S. Army Photo by PV2 Sean McGuire)

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TEMPLE, Texas — Staff Sgt. Larry Garcia, a member of the 80th Movement Control Team, puts the finishing touches to pink flowers on the cheeks of five-year old Aaniyha Holmes during the Meridith-Dunbar Elementary School's Fall Festival
(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. John D. Ortiz)